Pat Hendricks Sensei of Aikido of San Leandro was promoted to 7th dan at the annual Kagami Biraki celebration of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo held on January 9, 2012. Following her promotion, Pat journeyed to Japan to pick up her diploma in person where she was met by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. Here is a lovely photo of the two together shared on Facebook.
From the Aikido of San Leandro website:
“Pat Hendricks started studying Aikido in 1974 with Stan Pranin and Mary Heiny. In 1976 she moved to Iwama, Japan, to study with Saito Sensei Shihan. For the next 30 years, she returned to Japan over 25 times, during 6 years of which she trained as an uchi-deshi. She holds a menkyo kaiden in weapons certification and was certified to test for the U.S. She served as Saito Sensei’s representative for the U.S. and runs the Iwama division in the California Aikido Association (CAA). Her own dojo, Aikido of San Leandro, attracts students from all over the world, including Japan.”